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Re: [Condor-users] Condor - windows security/auth

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your reply.
Just a few hours ago i actually tried contacting cyclecomputing via your website's contact form however the form actually through an exception...

I'm wondering about engaging your firm's services to help with setting up a windows pool.

Here's a copy of the message i was sending in case it didn't make it:

Hi Cycle team,

I'm in the process of starting a condor deployment.
Do you have members of your team that can provide consulting advice and assistence with design and configuration of a condor grid?

We are a web development team with windows infrastructure experience.

I have already set up a basic condor grid of 3 nodes and we can successfully run our jobs with condor's native soap interface. I'm unsure of how to design a highly reliable production grid in the cloud.

Basic grid requirements:
- soap submition of jobs
- grid must be highly reliable
- medium level security required at the moment
- grid will be used for ongoing processing of client jobs (video processing)
- grid should be hosted in amazon ec2, and support programmatically adding/removing nodes on demand.
- initally windows execute nodes, but may need to add linux nodes later 
- ideally windows central admin/schedd since we don't have linux experience.

Ideally your team would assist with recommending reliable infrastructure typology choices, security setup & provide configuration file templates for each grid role (schedd, central admin, execute node)

Does it sound like something your team could do?
What rates would you charge & how would the engagement work?

Thank you very much,

Kind Regards,

Tim Kremer
www.spyk.com | +61 412 482 696

Sent from my iPhone

On 16/06/2011, at 11:04 PM, Ian Chesal <ichesal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Tim,

On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 7:33 PM, Tim Kremer wrote:

Will condor run fine across multiple windows machines without active directory?
Yes, it can run just fine without AD tying your machines together. 
If i want to set up a relatively secure and reliable cluster in the cloud with windows machines, should I be using active directory?
AD is definitely not a necessity. At Cycle Computing, we build secure and reliable clouds around Windows execute nodes in EC2 every day via CycleCloud. We use Condor's built-in security for pool-level authentication and to keep the Condor side of things locked down. And the Windows nodes have only the single login you get with the instance when it spins up. We let Condor build and destroy temporary accounts for the jobs as they run on machines.

- Ian

Ian Chesal

Cycle Computing, LLC
Leader in Open Compute Solutions for Clouds, Servers, and Desktops
Enterprise Condor Support and Management Tools

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